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Baw Baw Shire Council delivers synthetic football pitch at Baxter Park

Baw Baw Shire Council delivers synthetic football pitch at Baxter Park
July 12, 2021

Baxter Park’s synthetic football pitch has seen its first game of senior football following the completion of a $2 million upgrade delivered by Baw Baw Shire Council which included a FIFA certified synthetic playing surface, drainage, fencing, playing equipment and storage, access ramp and stairs and accessible car parking spaces.

Baw Baw Shire Mayor Danny Goss opened the project before tossing the coin for its first game between Warragul United Soccer Club and the visiting Eltham Redbacks.

The completion of detailed designs and delivery of synthetic football pitch for users of Baxter Park was a recommendation in the Warragul Outdoor Recreation Plan Review in 2019. The review involved significant community consultation and helped scope the project. 

Council worked with the Project Reference Group and specialist sports field engineers SportEng to finalise the design and construction drawings as part of its 2019/20 Capital Works Program.

Further planting at the site will be scheduled in more favourable weather conditions.

Council continues to seek funding opportunities for the remaining stages of the project, including the construction of female and child friendly change rooms, spectator shelters, car parking and other ancillary works.

Mayor Goss noted “Baxter Park’s FIFA certified synthetic soccer pitch is a great asset for Baw Baw.

“Council has made a huge investment in recreation facilities over the last few years, but there is always more work to be done. We will continue to advocate hard for support from the State and Federal Governments to ensure that our growing communities have the reserves, changerooms and facilities they need to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in quality sport in Baw Baw Shire."

For more information click here to contact SportEng via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.

Image: Warragul United in action against Eltham Red Backs on the newly opened synthetic pitch at Baxter Park


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